The Henriques Review has just been released and it is critical of the police and CPS, stating the authorities missed three separate opportunities to prosecute Lord Janner – more detail can be found in the Telegraph here .
The report by Sir Richard Henriques, a retired High Court Judge is particularly critical of the police investigation of 1991, citing that it was ‘inadequate’ and missed a massive opportunity to prosecute Lord Janner at a much earlier stage. Similarly, a set of allegations in 2002 weren’t passed to the CPS by the police so the review highlights the ongoing systemic failure around the case.
The new report will fuel concerns that there was an Establishment cover-up of paedophile abuse by high-profile figures, including Westminster politicians.
The report follows a court hearing last Friday, when prosecutor Richard Whitam QC confirmed the crown would not be going ahead with proceedings against Janner as planned, due to his death.
Abuse solicitor Peter Garsden, whose firm Simpson Millar, represents 11 alleged abuse victims, said that the report opened the way for civil cases against Janner’s estate. Speaking to the Guardian Newspaper he said: “It will be difficult to blame victims for inaction when a public body has behaved in the way described in the report.”
Speaking to BBC’s Radio 5 Live last Friday Peter Garsden said that he had reassured his clients that since Janner’s death there was still more that could be done in terms of civil proceedings and the Goddard Inquiry in particular. He said he was very keen to ‘cooperate’ with the Goddard inquiry by getting his clients to present ‘their evidence’ as soon as possible.
The full interview can be heard via this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vfcqm